Staffing levels and a skills mix that allow for time to be spent on clinical and care tasks that respect the holistic needs of aged care residents must be prioritised, writes Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward.
Australia’s professional association for nurses is calling for minimum education requirements and nationally consistent terminology for the nation’s unregulated health and aged care workers.
The Commonwealth-funded Community Visitors Scheme should be enhanced to fund regular home visits by a trained nurse, writes Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward.
Australian governments must strengthen the currently under-utilised voice of nurse leaders in health and aged care reform and ensure their representation at all levels and stages of the process, the Australian College of Nursing says.
Nurses are pivotal to the delivery of care in aged care and the sector needs to better support them to use their full scope of practice, the head of the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care has said.